CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE (UPDATED August 16, 2021)
Following the pattern set by CUNY as it prepares to return to in-person work in the fall, all campus-based Research Foundation employees should be preparing to return to in-person work starting August 16, 2021.
Due to the current rate of the coronavirus transmission, CUNY is enacting a new temporary mask mandate as of Monday, August 16. This mandate is subject to modification based on changing vaccination statistics and coronavirus transmission rates. For the time being, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must:
Among other initiatives to make returning to work as safe as possible, CUNY requires anyone entering a CUNY facility to be fully vaccinated (two weeks beyond the last vaccination shot) or have a negative COVID-19 test taken within the past seven days.
Accordingly, employees returning the week of August 16 will need to upload their vaccination verification documents on the Research Foundation’s portal by Friday August 6, showing they will be fully vaccinated by the 16th. For those starting later than August 16, the deadlines for uploading are 10 days before the first week you are due back.
If you are not fully vaccinated or do not wish to disclose your status, you will be required to be tested. CUNY has retained Applied DNA of Stony Brook to provide COVID-19 testing. Once you upload your status on the Research Foundation’s portal, you will receive instructions on how to make reservations for testing.
Here are the steps for entering your status through the Research Foundation’s portal:
RFCUNY employees who are fully vaccinated will receive instructions for enrolling in VaxPass.
RFCUNY employees who are not fully vaccinated or wish not to disclose their status will receive instructions for enrolling in CUNY’s testing program.
CUNY colleges have developed new access procedures for working on site. Please check with individual college websites below for campus and research reopening plans, which meet or exceed the minimum requirements provided by the NYS Model Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Standard. Before reporting to work at any campus, office and facility throughout the CUNY system, all Faculty and staff, including RF staff, must:
In addition, CUNY has arranged for priority testing for Faculty and staff (including RF staff) who report to work ON SITE. RF employees must go to the HR Department of the campus at which they report to work to obtain a letter to bring with them, along with their CUNY ID, to one of the testing sites listed on CUNY’s website.
While the pandemic shifted our lives and changed how we approach work, as the world begins to open up and routine life resumes, the transition to returning to work can bring about its own set of stressors. Research Foundation of CUNY (RF) is taking all the necessary steps to ensure that your health and safety are of utmost priority as we begin to navigate a post-pandemic new reality.
Being anxious in these times is normal. You are not alone. Having the right information can help you feel more calm and in control. Keep up to date on the RF’s Return to Work Guidelines and take advantage of the return to work support services available through our Employee Assistance Program Health Advocate.
Health Advocate is available 24/7. All personal information is kept confidential
Health Advocate webinars are available to all RF employees regardless of status
We want to take this opportunity to remind our diverse RFCUNY community that we are an organization that takes pride in its welcoming environment and unwavering promotion of the values of equity and inclusion. These challenging times are not an excuse to behave any differently towards those with who we serve, live and work. Any staff who experience discrimination of any kind are urged to speak with RFCUNY’s Office of Human Resources.
What You Need to Know Now About COVID-19
COVID-19 and its variants are circulating widely throughout New York City. To fight the spread and protect ourselves and each other, the city’s Health Department advises that everyone should act on the assumption that they are exposed to the virus and susceptible to getting sick and spreading it further.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness with symptoms that can range from mild (a sore throat or fatigue) to a severe condition such as pneumonia. Most people will not need medical attention for their symptoms, and some will have no symptoms at all. But that doesn’t mean they can’t spread the virus. All New Yorkers need to monitor their health carefully so that together we can slow the spread and protect those at higher risk, along with our health care workers who are at the front lines of our battle against the virus.
If you are sick, you must stay home. Only seek health care if you are very sick. Even if you are not sick, stay home as much as you can: work from home, study from home, avoid all unnecessary interactions.
How it spreads
Who is most at risk
How to protect yourself—and everyone else
What to do if you were in close contact with someone who has or may have the virus
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